- 1A day or period of celebration, typically a religious commemoration: a tabulation of saints' days and other festivals [as modifier]: a festival atmosphereMore example sentences
- We do celebrate more religious festivals than most schools, but the children enjoy it.
- Here in Doi Tung, these tribal villagers continue to celebrate their ancient festivals and religious rituals.
- When my sister taught at a junior school they celebrated all the religious festivals.
- 1.1An annual celebration or anniversary: highlights of this year’s pumpkin festivalMore example sentences
- Mike and his committee are determined to make their tenth anniversary festival a memorable one.
- Jackie said the school would want to be a part of any city-wide anniversary festival.
- The High School also plans to hold an annual technology festival for children from local primary schools.
- 1.2An organized series of concerts, plays, or movies, typically one held annually in the same place: numbers that are still heard at traditional jazz festivalsMore example sentences
- The films were hand picked by organisers who travelled and networked with major international film festivals.
- Of course, the presence of two major international jazz festivals also contributes to the country's jazzy well-being.
- It's great for films, festivals, concerts, and of course the opportunity to study at the university.
Middle English (as an adjective): via Old French from medieval Latin festivalis, from Latin festivus, from festum, (plural) festa 'feast'.